1. 2500 words (approx. 8-10 pages).
2. Follow MLA style guide (be sure to underline or italicize film, book, and magazine titles). 50 points deducted instantly for improper movie and book title format). For help, see the style guides on the English Dept.’s web page (you can find it by clicking on Academics on the ODU Home page).
3. Cite a minimum of two academic sources (citing the course textbook DOES NOT count as your research). No Wikipedia, no IMDB—instant 25 point reduction for each reference—these are not academic sources. Referencing sources means more than just putting someone’s name in parentheses at the end of a sentence — consult style guide for when and how to use your sources. Again, consult the MLA style guide for citing sources (don’t make it up!) check out the English Department’s web site).
4. This is a research paper, not a report. Simple facts are important, but they appear in your paper to support a greater point — your research. For example, a research paper on Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu would analyze some element of his films (maybe it’s something your brought from your studies) and not just report and when/where he was born and a list of his movies and how some of them got made. Another example: your paper is on the representation of a race or gender over time in movies. Again, you bring a creative analysis (what you’re seeing in these images) and not just laundry list of examples of the representation.